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Enchanted iris for Paper Players #394 and AECP Level 2 Final and a video

Hi Everyone.

Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Laurie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a challenge that is REALLY close to my heart :-)

This challenge could not have come at a better time!  I was finishing up my Altenew Educator Certification Program Level 2 final and needed to make a card to work with my home decor project.  You can imagine how happy I was when I saw Laurie's challenge.   Florals.  Clean and Simple.  Oh! Yeah!  Perfect to finish off my AECP project.

Let's begin with the card  and work backwards.

Those of you that have been with me for a while may have realized that the Altenew Enchanted Iris is one of my favorite sets.  My mother loved Iris and Tulips and they were two of the sets that I was determined to own when Altenew brought them out.

I have manipulated the Iris in watercolors, comic markers, Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor pencils.  I don't mind how I use them.. I just love using them.

I needed to make a card that represented the home decor project that I had created as part of my final AECP level 2 challenge.  As my home decor projects have a blended blue background, and my video is based on the Iris - I decided I would mimic that in my card.

I began with a woodgrain focal layer and added some Sea Glass ink to the left hand side of the woodgrain paper. I then stamped and colored the two Iris images and die-cut them with the matching dies.   I adhered the woodgrain layer to a Neenah Solar White card based layered the iris.  I wanted them to be lifted from the card base, but each is a slightly different height.

here's a closeup of my Prismacolor flowers:

Enchanted irish  PP394 AECP (1 of 1)-2

The card echoes one of the home decor projects in that it is no-line coloring.  Prismas are perfect for this.  I love the texture the Altenew woodgrain paper gives to the background.

Here's my full card:

Enchanted Iris thinking of you (1 of 1)-2

I hope you will join us and play along with Laurie's challenge this week.  If you are looking for inspiration, you have to look no further than our amazing design team cards:

Now... on to my art project for AECP.    For a long time I have been trying to work out what I could do with my stamps where the end result was something other than a card.  A couple of weeks ago I was wondering around Black and noticed these great 6x6 canvas panels - I think they were 5 for $9.  I bought them on a whim thinking that I might get to use them.

When I heard from Virginia that our final AEP project was an updated bathroom, I decided they would be perfect for the challenge.  BUT... I needed to buy frames for them.  I was lucky enough to find 4 box frames at Michaels for 70% off.  So, I think each frame cost me something like $4 :-)

The video below... and please forgive me... it's the first time I have made a video since 2011!  My iMac ran out of memory, so I couldn't buy the editing software - and the last time I used editing software was 2011 - so my old copy was no longer relevant!  Needless to say, it has taken me days to try to get a feel of the product, the video and the subsequent tools.  I promise I will get better at creating and editing the videos


As I made the video, I will not be going into a lot of written details.  If you have any questions, feels free to send me an email - or leave me a message.   BTW... I have no idea why it left such a big gap before the video was inserted :-)

Now have seen the video on how I made the single panel - I thought you might like to look at the four of them together.  I love the curly 4 seasons that we have here in Minnesota and wanted to celebrate that with the Altenew stamps.  I created a panel for each of the 4 seasons.  Beginning with tulips. moving to Iris, then to sunflowers (or a modified sunflower in this case!) and on to poinsettias.


Here is a photo of where they are in my craft room:

Four Seasons (1 of 1)-2

The great thing about them is that I can see them as soon as I walk into my craft room and... they are right next to my little Charlie's place.  He sleeps on top of the climber for almost all of the time I am in my craft room.  He also uses the climber as vertical exercise.   He jumps up and down the various levels whilst I chase his tail.  He absolutely love this game.   For now, though, you can just see him curled up fast asleep :-)

 I'll be back later in the week with another card and some photos.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Enchanted Iris.  Thinking of You. - Altenew
  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White #110.  Woodgrain  Altenew
  • Box Frame Wall art:  Stamps:  Enchanted Iris, Tulip Stamp Set.  Spring Daisy.  Poinsettia and Pine - All Altenew
  • Canvases:  Blick
  • Frames:  Michaels
  • Colors:  Comic Markers


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Jaydee, I was so excited to hear your voice for the first time on the video! What a wonderful project. I very rarely use my stamps to make a home decor project, and certainly never on canvas so you have inspired me. Your card is just exquisite and the coloring of the irises fabulous. Wishing you a fabulous day :)

Evelyn B

Love, love the iris!! I too felt a warm fuzzy getting to hear your voice. I realized I had never heard you before and our voice adds another touch of identity. Thanks for the video, for the beautiful picture. Will you be doing the other three on video? I would like that. Thanks so much.

Jeanne H

Oh, I too love the iris card you made and love seeing them in gardens too. How hungry I've been for color this spring! I remember your other video and have it saved. Smiling now.


How lovely! Those irises look like they could wave right off the canvas! Great job on your video, too!

Annie A.

Oh, Jaydee, these are so pretty! I hope the irises I planted turn out as well. It was also fun to watch your video and hear your voice. Great job! I hope you're having a great week - Hugs, Annie

Virginia L.

What a FABULOUS home decor project! I am so glad that you shared it via a video! Your instructions and method are so precise and clear! Way to becoming Altenew Educator! I am so happy that you go above and beyond your comfort zone to take on the challenge! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!


Jaydee... I love your irises! An iris is my favorite flower... I had a garden full of them when I lived in Colorado and Connecticut...not as easy here in Florida. They are the most amazing flowers...and you have truly captured their essence.


What an awesome project..they look perfect in your craft room! What a beautiful spot. It was fun to hear your voice too, great video!

Joanne James

I love your card Jaydee, especially the subtle background details, and the iris are stunning. What a fabulous quartet of home decor pieces too. Bravo on the video - not for the fainthearted and you did a great job!

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, your project and Irises are amazing! I love the beautiful works of art for your crafty space. You will enjoy them every day! I can't say enough about this beautiful card. I love purple irises. One of my favorite Spring flowers. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend, My Friend! XX

Jan Clothier

Jaydee, I'm pretty much speechless. You can't improve on perfection. GLORIOUS!

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